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Graphic showing the location of new picnic shelter at the Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex. The new shelter will be southwest of the current restroom building.
Courtesy of City of Lenoir

Lenoir Awarded $500K Grant For Improvements To Recreation Site

The City of Lenoir was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to build a new splash pad and make other improvements at the Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center and Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex. The grant requires a local match, so the City will spend another $500,000 on the project, bringing the total investment to just over $1,000,000.

In addition to the new splash pad, which will replace the kiddie pool, the grant money will be used to build an outdoor concrete ping pong table and an outdoor concrete corn hole court at the Aquatic Center. The City will also build a new picnic shelter with tables and trash cans at the Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex. The new shelter will have an accessible walking path to the bathrooms.

The grant funds will also be used to make renovations to the building at the Aquatic Center. Both the men’s and women’s locker rooms will be renovated, and the whirlpool will be upgraded or possibly replaced. The City has three years to complete the project. Parks & Recreations Director Kenny Story said Lenoir should receive the official go ahead in a couple months. Then staff will complete final designs and begin the bidding process for the for the various improvements and upgrades.

The hours of operation, fees, and access to the splash pad have yet to be determined. Now that the City has the funding, staff can work to finalize the design. The Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center is located on 118 acres in northeast Lenoir at 1031 Jim Barger Drive NE. The property is adjacent to the Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex. The center provides indoor and outdoor pools, a weight room, exercise classes, trail access, birthday party area, locker rooms, picnic shelters, racquetball courts, bocce ball, showers, and a weight room.